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OnGo Alliance Inspires PLTE Collaboration Between Pente and Baicells

By Arti Loftus

Private wireless networking is all the rage, whether it is 4G, LTE, or 5G in origin across the many bands of licensed and unlicensed spectrum, including the trending Citizens Broadband Radio Spectrum (CBRS).

The OnGo Alliance is an industry consortium that promotes the development, commercialization, and adoption of LTE and 5G solutions for the US 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and evangelizes shared spectrum globally. This is an ecosystem that is growing at a rapid pace since becoming commercial deployed just two years ago with 240,000 CBSDs, 490+ different types of client devices (EUDs), and more than 4,300 certified installers.

This week, two of its members, Pente Networks and Baicells announced a partnership and demonstrations of a collective solution that invokes OnGo standards at Mobile World Congress Americas . The use cases highlighted are tightly woven into all three organizations' passion for bridging – once and for all – the digital divide in America.

According to this "mini-ecosystem," projects underway include those initiated by the government and tribal agencies across public safety, education, and agriculture, closing the digital gaps by bringing advanced Private Long Term Evolution (P-LTE) 4G and 5G cloud telco capabilities to communities across the country.

Brought together in part by their collective participation in the OnGo Alliance, Pente and Baicells will be demonstrating their combination of strengths as a part of the OnGo Pavilion.

"We look forward to sharing a full range of solutions and use cases this week," said Roy Timor-Rousso, CMO of Pente Networks. "Working together with the Baicells team and leveraging their range of technologies to create connected systems within communities across America has been a tremendous experience, and this week's gathering is the ideal place to share the value we are building together."

Pente last week announced it has established a global headquarters in the U.S. after closing a $10 million A round and appointing technology veteran Avi Cohen as CEO.

"Working alongside a national wireless carrier, we have built turnkey PLTE solutions for enterprises, communities, and service providers," said Tony Eigen, VP of global marketing at Baicells. "Over the last year, we have implemented private networks for State and Local Government and Education organizations, Tribal agencies, and large agricultural companies, including several drone fleet management solutions. We look forward to demonstrating the benefits to communities we are focused on, with next-level security, performance, and wireless range, compared to the alternatives."

The companies will also share progress on a SLED project (State and Local Education and Muni), which replicates the success of FWA (Fixed Wireless Access) deployments, like the one in the City of Las Vegas, and designed to address the digital divide and build a connected community for residents and devices.

This includes helping Tribal communities dramatically improve access to high-performance and affordable PLTE solutions that enable access to the Internet, remote learning, and telehealth, among other applications.

"As an Alliance with a mission to promote the value and benefits of CBRS deployments, bridging the digital divide and building smart cities are two tangible examples of how the spectrum can help enhance a more sustainable future and feed the appetite for broadband across the country," said Alan Ewing, executive director, OnGo Alliance. "To further the success we're already seeing today, we need a mix of technologies. This is why what Pente Networks and Baicells are doing together is so powerful. We're excited to support these organizations."

As a full member of the OnGo Alliance, Baicells covers categories including CBSD Vendor, Commercial Real Estate, Consulting Services, Ecosystem Support Services, Educational Institution, End to End Service Solution, EPC Service, Equipment Vendors, Healthcare, Industrial IoT, Industry Association, Industry Sector, Manufacturing, Mobile Handset Vendor, Module Vendor, Oil/Gas, Retail, Router Vendor, Stadium/Entertainment, Target Business Verticals, and the Utility industry.

Celebrating its first full year supporting the OnGo Alliance, Pente cover categories including Agriculture, Commercial Real Estate, Edge Compute, End to End Service Solution, EPC Service, Healthcare, Hospitality, Industrial IoT, Industry Association, IT, Mining, Network Core Services, Oil/Gas, Retail, Telecom, Transportation, and the Utility industry.

Arti Loftus is an experienced Information Technology specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the research, writing, and editing industry with many published articles under her belt.

Edited by Erik Linask

Special Correspondent

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